Shippensburg University Academics

An education at Shippensburg University means you’ll get the tools you need to get where you want to go.

Only professors teach classes at Ship, never teaching assistants. You’ll connect with faculty in small classes, get personalized academic guidance and build relationships that will help you succeed.

With over 100 undergraduate programs and over 50 graduate programs, Ship students are in demand in a variety of fields. Employers know that before our students graduate they get hands-on experience through internships, service learning, study abroad experiences, community service and research.

The Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center is always ready and willing to help you succeed, even after you graduate. The team will assist you with anything from resume building, to navigating the interview process and beyond.

Students in their first year at Ship will take part in the First Year Experience, which provides them with additional skills, support and mentorship during the transition into college.

If you are undecided about a major, or need time to explore majors, you can be admitted as an exploratory student. The Office for Exploratory Studies will provide you with the support and guidance you need while planning your future.

Our academic programs are continually assessed for their quality. In total, Ship holds 11 accreditations. We are the first or only state university in Pennsylvania to receive accreditation for excellence in:

  • Business - The John L. Grove College of Business was the first to earn AACSB International accreditation in 1981.
  • Engineering - Our Computer Engineering and Software Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, Inc. Our Software Engineering program is one of only 26 accredited programs in the nation.
  • Communication/Journalism - Ship offers one of only three programs in Pennsylvania that is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
  • Criminal Justice - Ship’s program is one of only eight Bachelor of Science programs in the United States certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Services.